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post #1 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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riding new green mare

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i have only ridden this mare about 4 times now for about 30 mins, she is very green, hardly bends, rushes, fights the bit etc. shes 7 years old but not been trained very well at all and had a foal 6 months ago so just coming back into work. i want critique of my riding and her. i know my position is not the best, especially my hands are not straight and too low. lower leg is too forward, i bounce a lot etc. please give kind critique which will help me

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post #2 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 06:37 AM
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She is really unbalanced and needs to slow down. You need to do a lot of half halts to get her to slow down, rebalance, and use herself. Right now she is just trailing along, not working correctly, and has a hollow back.
Your stirrups are also too long, which doesn't allow you to use your legs correctly, in order to get her round. She needs to be working in a bridge shape, like an n, rather than like a 'u', which is what she is working in now.
You are also bouncing on her back in the canter, which would be helped, I think, by shortening your stirrups, allowing you to wrap your legs around her and relax into the saddle more. She is bracing against you A LOT during the canter.
Work on these things, and you will have a much nicer, easier to work with horse.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 12:59 PM
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I could not watch the video...maybe later I will have a better connection. From your description, it sounds like being long lined would help A LOT.

Tie your stirrups together under the girth, and run your lines through the stirrups to keep them low, and going around above the hocks. Work on two lines of consistent contact, bending to follow the circle, be sure to give a bit of a release when she relaxes and bends. This is physical work for you, so if it wears you out, you are not doing something wrong. Be sure to use a snaffle bit.

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post #4 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 01:47 PM
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Ignoring your position is not appropriate Your riding skills , or there lack of , are adding to the problems. Where is your trainer at? It's impossible to tell how green them horse really is, as you can not evaluate a horse with a rider problem. The horse looks more mad then green
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post #5 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 02:04 PM
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Since you have permission to work with her I would take her back and "restart" her. Just go over the basics. Give her a good foundation. It will only help in the long run.
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 03:30 PM
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I agree with your stirrups being too long, that being said you should be able to ride without stirrup as well as you do with, try some no stirrup work on a different horse. You also really need to get her in frame, like CandyCanes said with her back hollow like that, nobody is being helped. Like BugZapper89 mentioned you CANNOT ignore your position, rider position plays a key role in the movement of the horse.

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post #7 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 03:32 PM
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Ignoring your position is not appropriate Your riding skills , or there lack of , are adding to the problems. Where is your trainer at? It's impossible to tell how green them horse really is, as you can not evaluate a horse with a rider problem. The horse looks more mad then green
If you read the OP and not the youtube video, she did ask for a kind helpful critique, and if she wanted to ask her trainer (if she has one), she would have.

OP- I'll have to agree with above the poster that suggested shortening your stirrups and working on transitions. You have a beautiful ring to work in, utilize it by doing lots if circles, serpentines, and figure 8s.
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post #8 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 04:01 PM
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Oh my gosh, I read everything before I got to watch the video, and I think you are doing a SUPER job with her. Start calmly and quietly asking for a BIG circle at the end of the arena( where she is already going in the circle).

I also think the long lining will definitely help.
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 05:08 PM
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Oh my gosh, I read everything before I got to watch the video, and I think you are doing a SUPER job with her. Start calmly and quietly asking for a BIG circle at the end of the arena( where she is already going in the circle).

I also think the long lining will definitely help.
for sure, you're on the right track but would definitely from a few tips here and there, there are also some super helpful videos on youtube.
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-23-2014, 10:11 PM
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This horse us not ready fir a good canter. Not like it's going to kill her or anything, but it won't be productive.

Go back to trot, shorten stirrups, and do many changes of direction and try to get her to relax. Bring you hands up, do not pooch butt out. Work toward getting her to relax, lower her head and get bend in her body.
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